The Murderous Ghost of the Chain Strangler

Ghosts are certainly scary enough as it is. Even scarier still is ghosts that lash out to do harm, and even more frightening than that is ghosts that kill. Although murderous ghosts have long been the realm of horror films, within the world of the paranormal it is actually quite rare for these apparitions to kill, yet it is not unheard of. For whatever reasons it seems that some spirits are more malevolent than most, and have the terrifying ability to reach out to not only frighten but also to inflict death. One such case comes to us from the US state of Kentucky, where a vengeful spirit of a killer in life is said to have also been a killer in death. It was an otherwise quiet night in Pulaski County, Kentucky in 1938 when a carpenter by the name of Carl Pruitt was heading home after a […] Read More

Dozens of ghost ships found off the coast of Japan

Ghost ships are vessels found adrift at sea with its crew either dead or missing under mysterious circumstances. They appear in folklore and historical accounts. Probably the most famous fictional ghost ship is the Flying Dutchman, the legend of which dates to the 18th century. Phantom vessels like the Mary Celeste, the HMS Resolute, and the SS Orang Medan are also very real occurrences that have been sighted throughout history.   So it’s no surprise that ghost ships have been found in the waters near Japan, what’s shocking is the frequency they have been recovered. The Japanese Coast Guard has reported 34 ghost ships in 2015, 65 vessels in 2014, and 80 in 2013. According to CNN, over the past two months more than a dozen ghost ships, carrying the remains of at least 22 people, have been found off the coast of Japan. All of the bodies were male […] Read More

Ghost Ships Manned by Skeletons Keep Coming to Japan

The “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie series has great fun with ghost ships like the Black Pearl and the Flying Dutchman and the term “skeleton crew” has come to mean a minimal group of people running a project. However, nothing chills the souls of sailors like encountering a real ghost ship manned by real skeletons. That’s why there’s a great deal of concern surrounding 11 ghost ships found in the Sea of Japan with no crews on board but skeletons and corpses. The mystery started in early November when four empty wooden ships were found in the Sea of Japan, the body of water between Japan and Russia, South Korea and North Korea. Since then, an additional seven wooden vessels have been found, with the Coast Guard reporting at least 20 skeletons and decomposing corpses on them. The most recently discovered boat was brought to port in Fukui and […] Read More

The Ghost Fleet of the Great Lakes

  When people think of ghost ships, they are typically most likely to envision the high seas and think of them as a phenomenon inherit to the vast open spaces of the world’s oceans. However, this is not always the case. In the Great Lakes of the United States, stories have long circulated of various ghostly vessels that patrol the waters there; so many in fact that locals have come to refer to them collectively as the “Ghost Fleet.” It seems that the oceans of the world are not the only haunts for mysterious phantom vessels. The Great Lakes are comprised of Lakes Superior, Michigan, Huron (or Michigan–Huron), Erie, and Ontario. They are the largest group of freshwater lakes in the world, covering a total area of 94,250 square miles (244,106 km2). They may be lakes, but their sheer size makes the Great Lakes more akin to inland oceans, with […] Read More

Lost Ship of the Desert

In the 1800’s, many stories began circulating throughout Southern California and beyond about a spectral ship lying half buried in the desert sands. Around that time, many migrants after Civil War passed through the desert on their way to California. Many reported that they saw a multi mast Spanish galleon. Multiple expeditions left looking for the ship, but none found it. Some claimed it was Noah’s Ark. Many more claimed that it was loaded with pearls, a fortune’s worth, millions of dollars worth of exquisite pearls. In 1610, King Phillip III of Spain ordered Alvarez de Cordone to search the Western coast of Mexico and recover the pearls residing there. Cordone hired two other captains, Juan de Iturbe and Pedro de Rosales. He also hired sixty pearl divers and began having three ships build. By July 1612 they set sail to plunder the west coast of its precious oysters. […] Read More